I’ve long tried to tell my conservative friends that Mitt Romney is not conservative, something they should have been convinced of after he ushered in the leviathan of a government intervention known as RomneyCare during his time as governor of Massachusetts. Visiting in Iowa, Romney has presented more evidence to my claim:
“I support the subsidy of ethanol,” he told an Iowa voter. “I believe ethanol is an important part of our energy solution for this country.” Iowa leads the nation in the production of corn, a main source of ethanol.
Romney’s supporters have ludicrously cited federalism to justify the onerous and limited government antithesis RomneyCare, reciting the former governor’s claim that states are laboratories and he was only doing what was best for his state as if big government is okay at the state level. I’m interested to see how they will spin his support of spending billions of dollars that, according to a 2010 report by the CBO, costs taxpayers “$1.78 for ethanol made from corn and $3.00 for cellulosic ethanol” per gallon of gasoline.